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Key base near Syria risks new Turkey-US tensions post-coup bid

People hold Turkish flags in Taksim square in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 during a demonstration in support to Turkish presidentThe future use by the United States of a key Turkish air base near Syria risks causing new tensions between the key NATO allies after the botched coup attempt, but using it as a bargaining chip could prove risky for Ankara. Washington has since 2015 used the Incirlik base in the southern province of Adana as a highly convenient launch pad for bombing raids against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria. Before being granted permission by Turkey to use Incirlik for the air strikes — after tough negotiations — US planes had to use bases far further away in Jordan and Kuwait.

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